Photo/Videographers for Our Place Summerschool in LA, NYC and Westhampton, MA
Two 9-3, M-F weeks in the field with classes, plus editing and social media posting time. School runs from mid-June to end of August.
Review begins now; position open until filled.
Job Opening: Our Place Summer School Director, New York City
Status: 40 (full-time) hours a week (June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, August 24-28, 2020); training begins January, 2020
Time Frame: Review begins now, position open until filled.
The Teacher’s Assistant supports the goal of Biocitizen: to create experiences for students that foster wonder and appreciation for the natural world that then connects them to their environment and inspires them to become stewards of their biospheric communities.
The Teacher’s Assistant provides students and Lead Teachers with logistical and practical support throughout the day – during daily circles, end of day sign out, and during transportation to and from our outdoor classrooms.
What We Teach
Biocitizen school is a Leopoldian school that specializes in teaching the “land organism” via Field Environmental Philosophy (FEP). The word “biocitizen” is a contraction of “biotic citizen,” a term Aldo Leopold (1887–1948) used in A Sand County Almanac, a text that forms a foundation for Deep Ecology. One of our nation’s first Federal wildlife managers, Leopold co-founded the Wilderness Society and, in response to the environmental impacts of our culture, is widely celebrated for conceiving the “land ethic”:
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
The Biocitizen is a person who abides by this ethic. Our school creates them through an inquiry-based FEP curricula that combines book-learning and teacher instruction with directed exposure to environmental subjects, anywhere.
We inculcate students with the ecological, cultural and existential information they need to understand that
With that understanding, the land ethic makes sense and can be abided by.
How We Teach
Our Field Environmental Philosophy takes students into outdoor classrooms and, through the peripatetic method, investigates its biocultural history.
No matter the age of our students, we are on a treasure hunt; we are detectives; we are hunter-gatherers; we are storytellers; we are active, interpreting the place physically, intellectually, aesthetically, emotionally. We can raise the subjects and inquiries, or we can let the students raise them—but teachers must orient the investigation so it reveals the biocultural history our students’ own story is nested in.
Biocitizen teachers are masters of the story of the place the class investigates. Teachers must know as much of the biocultural history of the place as they can, and part of that knowledge is knowing: what is the best, most interesting and challenging, way of walking through it? Where will our students discover the most? That is where we take them.